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LOOK Exhibit

LOOK: Tropical Tessellations

An innovative art exhibit set throughout the tropical Bolz Conservatory

February 16 - March 24  •  10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily  •  Evening Hours on Fridays, 4 - 7 p.m.


LOOK: Tropical Tessellations, a special exhibit in Olbrich’s Bolz Conservatory, features art installations from local artists Peter Krško and Robert Anderson that explore the wonder of tessellations. Don’t miss this marvelous fusion of art and science as we illuminate a phenomenon of surprising natural beauty.

Consisting of repeated patterns of shapes, tessellations are found in human-made objects like quilts, soccer balls, tile floors, and the image seen through a kaleidoscope. They also occur in nature as the patterns in honeycombs, snakeskin, spider webs, and pinecone scales. With the aid of a microscope, tessellations can even be observed in a plant’s vascular structure, the tissues that move water and nutrients throughout the plant.



•  $5 for Adults (ages 13 & up)

•  $3 for Children (ages 3 to 12)

•  Free for Kids 2 & Under

•  Free for Olbrich Members

Please note that for the duration of the exhibit, the usual periods of free admission to the Conservatory on Wednesday and Saturday mornings will be suspended.


Opening Viewing

Saturday, February 16

4 - 7 p.m.

Olbrich members and guests of the artists get exclusive access to the new exhibit during this Opening Viewing!

•  See the new exhibit during member-only hours and enjoy the illuminated Conservatory at night

•  Enjoy live marimba music as you explore the tropics

•  Cash bar available in the Conservatory

•  Meet and chat with Peter Krsko, one of the LOOK artists

•  Enter a free drawing to win a plant from Olbrich's greenhouse collection! Do NOT need to be present to win, but must pick up plant by the week of February 18.

Members may bring guests for free according to their membership level. Review our Membership Benefits to find out how many guests are covered under your membership.

Become a member today and join us for this exclusive viewing! Call 246-4724 for more information.


Classes & Walks

LOOK Walks with Peter Krško

Explore the LOOK exhibit with artist Peter Krško during these exclusive guided walks. He will discuss his working methods, as well as the sources of and inspirations for his work. Guided walks occur when LOOK is not open to the public.

Tessellations in Nature Workshop

Explore a variety of flora tessellations with artist Peter Krško. While observing the natural tiling and packing arrangements, an emphasis will be put on hands-on experience by building models of plant tissues and Krško's sculptures. This play will introduce you to the scientific concepts of tessellations and their influence on modern design and engineering.

Click here for dates & times. Click here to register.


Volunteer at LOOK

Volunteers are needed every day of the exhibit to welcome guests to the Conservatory and share interesting facts and insight into the artists and their work. If you love interacting with people and have a few spare hours of your time to donate, consider helping out at this fun, unique event.

Interested? Contact Marty Petillo, Volunteer Services Manager, at mpetillo@cityofmadison.com or (608) 246-5807 to learn more.


Group Visits

School groups, daycares, bus tours, and other groups are welcome to visit the exhibit.

Groups larger than 10 people must register in advance. Please contact the Registrar at 608-245-3648 or aschwoerer@cityofmadison.com to schedule a time for your group to visit so we can provide the best experience possible for your group as well as other visitors.

Limited dates and times may be available for group visits. One group leader will receive free admission into the show. Payment can be made on arrival with the Event Manager. Cash, check, debit or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) are accepted. Please do not bring carry-in food or drink into the building


About the artists

Peter Krško


Peter Krsko portraitPeter Krško is an artist working and living in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin. Trained as a biophysicist and microscopist, he creates art inspired by the natural structures and forms, as well as the dynamics and laws, of interactions in natural ecosystems. The biological concepts of diversity, differentiation, participation, and symbiosis are portrayed in his art. He aims to spark curiosity and to encourage a strong appreciation for the universe.

“After studying color, especially looking for principles that make certain colors or color combinations pleasing to the human eye, I started questioning what spatial formations feel harmonious . . . That’s how I discovered [the patterns in] dried up mud, pinecones, beehives, and biological tissues under a microscope.”


Robert Anderson


Robert AndersonRobert Anderson is a metal sculptor working and living in northeast Wisconsin. He has worked with steel for nearly 25 years, creating works of art featuring nature's bountiful colors and textures. Anderson has two primary bodies of work - large, living garden kaleidoscopes and inflated steel sculptures inspired by origami and geometric and botanical shapes.

"My goal is to complement the garden's natural beauty with work that instills wonder and meditative reflection and, seemingly, is a natural intention for the landscape."




Canopy Sessions | Friday, March 6

Spring Flower Show | March 7-22

Spring Flower Show Plant Sale | Monday, March 23

Cocktails in the Conservatory | Friday, March 27

Canopy Sessions | Friday, April 3

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